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Modernizing Machine-to-Machine With Predix

October 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by GE Software | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements.         

Meet The $1M Bionic Man

October 15, 2013 1:55 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

A research project to join prosthetics and artificial organs together resulted in a functioning artificial person.                       

New Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

October 15, 2013 1:49 pm | by Joshua Freed, Associated Press | News | Comments

The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane.           

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ESA Showcases Printed Metal Parts Fit For Space

October 15, 2013 1:43 pm | by AP | News | Comments

In recent years three-dimensional printing has become commonplace in manufacturing. But so far this method has largely been limited to making plastic objects.                         

Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 10, 2013 9:11 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively.

Driverless Car No Longer Just Science Fiction

October 8, 2013 2:13 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Engineers all over the world are hard at work shaping the highway of the future. While a few kinks still need to be worked out, the reality of a road-ready driverless car is right around the corner.         

Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

How MakerBot's 3D Scanner Works

September 27, 2013 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It sits on your desktop and makes 3D models for you. 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has created a $1400 digitizer that can scan objects in 3D. Set an object on the turntable, watch the laser and camera go to work, and then sent the scan to the 3D printer.

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World-Renowned Leaders In Infrastructure To Keynote At Bentley’s Year In Infrastructure 2013 Conference In London

September 26, 2013 4:04 pm | by Bentley Systems, Incorporated | Events

Bentley Systems has announced the powerful lineup of guest speakers keynoting at its Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, being held Oct. 29-31 at the Hilton London Metropole in London, U.K. These prominent thought leaders in the community of infrastructure professionals will be part of a dynamic and content-rich agenda featuring presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns.

Why Steve Jobs Still Matters

September 25, 2013 3:56 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It's been almost two years since Apple's Steve Jobs has passed away, but the legacy encouraging others to 'think different' that he left behind will always remain. Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson says the late CEO left a lasting legacy of innovation at Apple. 

Senator Concerned About Apple's Fingerprint Tech

September 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Al Franken is concerned about Apple's use of fingerprint recognition technology in its new iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S, which went on sale Friday, includes a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the phone's home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a passcode.

Japan Automakers Launch Low-Cost Green Cars

September 20, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars.

IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos | Comments

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

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TX Law Gets Tough On Public, Private Drone Use

September 16, 2013 10:05 am | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40 state legislatures have debated the increasing presence of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace, with most of the proposals focused on protecting people from overly intrusive surveillance by law enforcement. But Texas' law tips the scales in police favor — giving them broad freedoms to use drones during investigations and allowing them to bypass a required search warrant if they have suspicions of illegal activity.

Driverless Mercedes Debuts At Car Show

September 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Daimler has unveiled its much anticipated self-driving Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International car show. The auto maker has been making incremental improvements to its autonomous technology, saying the car, driving with limited autonomy, performed well on a recent 100 km test drive through Germany. Daimler plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle available to consumers by 2020. 

Intel Closing MA Plant, 700 Jobs Lost

September 13, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer chip maker Intel Corp. has announced that it's closing its only manufacturing facility in Massachusetts, a move expected to cost the state about 700 jobs. Intel, the world's biggest chip maker, announced Thursday that it is closing the Hudson plant because it is using outdated technology to make older generation computer chips that are being phased out.

Photo Of The Day: Auto Show's Most Striking, Costly

September 13, 2013 10:14 am | by David McHugh, Sarah DiLorenzo, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maybe we can't buy — but we can look. The best thing about an auto show is the chance to gawk at and sit in cars most people can't afford. So here's a look at eight of the most striking and expensive new vehicles on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The show opens to the public Saturday and runs through Sept. 22; admission is 13 euros during the week, 15 euros on weekends.

Satellite Cameras Saving Endangered Species

September 11, 2013 3:36 pm | by CamConsultants | Videos | Comments

A remote monitoring system from product development firm Cambridge Consultants is helping conservationists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) combat poachers and track rare animals in the wild. The Instant Wild project uses the Iridium satellite communication network to transmit near-real-time images from motion-triggered cameras in the remotest areas of Africa.

Photo Of The Day: Electric Dreams At Auto Show

September 11, 2013 10:05 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Judging by the slew of electric and hybrid vehicles being rolled out at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it might seem carmakers are tapping a large and eager market. But in fact almost no one buys such cars — yet.

GA Governor Touts Energy Efforts, Links To Jobs

September 10, 2013 10:15 am | by Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal touted the state's efforts to lure manufacturing firms with its energy policy on Monday, saying a recent energy sales tax exemption has brought jobs to Georgia and that a stable supply in the state could bring more. Last year, state lawmakers approved a plan that eliminated the energy sales tax on manufacturing plants.

Robohand Uses 3D Printing To Replace Lost Digits

September 9, 2013 2:28 pm | by Carley Petesch, Associated Press | News | Comments

Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, so he decided to build his own. After seeing a video posted online of a mechanical hand made for a costume in a theater production, he reached out to its designer, Ivan Owen, in Seattle.

Talking Cars For Safer Driving

September 9, 2013 2:26 pm | by Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune | News | Comments

When cars talk to each other, everyone on the road is safer. That's the summation of University of Minnesota Duluth professor Imran Hayee after five years of work with his electrical engineering graduate students to create technology that will better inform drivers as they travel in congested areas.

$150,000 Car Of The Future: Driver Not Needed

September 6, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news, or maybe even nap (if you’re the type to put complete trust into driverless technology).

Self-Driving Cars Could Be On U.S. Roads By 2020

September 3, 2013 2:29 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars that drive themselves could be on U.S. roads by the end of this decade. But don't take your foot off the pedal just yet. Automakers, universities and others are at various stages in the development of autonomous cars. Google is testing some in California. 

Hackers Find Weaknesses In Car Computer Systems

September 3, 2013 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? Hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

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